Amanda Fazio joins the SportStrata team as a Project Coordinator and Mental Performance Coach. Amanda received her master’s degree (M.S.) in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee in May of 2021. Her passion lies with empowering athletes and performers to reach their highest potential both on and off the field through the teaching of evidence-based mental techniques, specifically surrounding positive psychology, and mindfulness approach, and utilizing techniques from motivational interviewing. It is her goal for performers to not solely use mental techniques and increase enjoyment in performance, but to find it in everyday life. Amanda’s most recent experience ranges from facilitating mental skills training programs with youth baseball and softball players to conducting research with para-sport athletes on flow state experiences. She is also currently working towards becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).
Prior to joining the SportStrata team, Amanda was a collegiate softball coach for three years at both the Division I and Division III levels, while most recently serving as the Graduate Assistant for the softball team at the University of Tennessee for two years. These experiences have allowed her to work not only with athletes at a high level, but also communicate effectively with various collegiate coaches and administrations to help them facilitate growth, positive team cultures, and most importantly, enjoyment, in the student-athlete experience. She prides herself on building positive relationships with student-athletes and has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the intersection of mental and physical performance. In her own playing career, Amanda was a 4-year NCAA Division I softball player at Bucknell University where she broke program records in career strikeouts, strikeouts in a single season, wins in a single season, and stolen bases for the Bison.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys bringing her very fluffy dog to the park and on hikes, cheering for the New York Yankees and New York Giants, and eating her weight in ice cream. Amanda is also a second-degree blackbelt in Isshinryu Karate, which she credits for much of her mental fortitude in her own athletic career.